FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A Fayetteville man who used to work for a used car dealer was charged with stealing cars and killing his former boss, who had disappeared for about five days before he was discovered slain at the dealership, police said.
Ambrose Dumone Murray, 48, was arrested Saturday night and charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery and motor vehicle theft, police told local media. Murray was accused of stealing a car from the dealership in March. He was released from jail the day before his boss vanished, police said.
Officers found Joseph Carl Wallace, 72, at his Quality Automotive dealership last Wednesday. Wallace appeared to have been struck in the head and cut on his neck, according to court documents.
His body was sent to the medical examiner for an autopsy.
Police say the investigation revealed that two cars and three dealer license plates had been taken from Wallace's business.
One of the stolen cars, a 2003 Toyota Camry, had been found burned on a dead-end street the day before Wallace's body was discovered.
The other car, a 2008 BMW 328i, was found abandoned in downtown Fayetteville shortly after Murray was arrested.
The license plates have not been recovered.
Murray was being held without bond. It was not clear if he has an attorney.
The documents said Murray had stolen the Camry previously and was sent to jail for the theft March 13, the same day his employment ended with Quality Automotive.
Murray previously had been convicted of receiving stolen vehicles and had been released from prison last Nov. 16, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety website.